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Trying To Give With What I Have

Trying to give with what I have

The following is a guest post by Mike Shanks of PropertyGuys.com A few years back when I first bought my PropertyGuys.com franchise I wanted to get connected in town, but I also wanted to give back to the community. I did some investigating and ended up joining a local service club. It seemed like a great
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Habit Vs. Have It

Habit vs. Have it

We’ve all likely heard at least one person say it. And many of us, myself included, have said it ourselves at some point or another. “When I have more I will give more.” This is noble and makes some sense when you first hear it. But it’s not as certain as we might think. Simply
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Three Awesome Initiatives From Three Awesome People

Three awesome initiatives from three awesome people

The first question I’m often asked when I give away a toonie is ‘what am I supposed to do with it?’. The honest answer is – anything you like. It’s only two bucks, which is something most of us spend several times a day without giving it a second thought. But that’s why these three
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Global Or Local? Finding Your Giving “thing”

Global or Local? Finding your giving “thing”

I’ve found it interesting that the majority of people I meet with and talk to about giving have a particular passion within the context of giving. Not long into most conversations, I can begin to pick up their reason for their interest in giving. The biggest category I’ve noticed so far has been the interest in
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Is Giving Really All That One-Sided?

We all know the basic rule of thumb with giving – in order for it to work, there needs to be someone who gives and someone who receives. But until we make a regular habit of giving – be it time, gifts, effort or objects – it’s easy to miss the fact that giving isn’t
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What Happened With All Those Blankets

This is a special blog post that shares a brief interview Jay had with Kamati from the Children’s After School program in Namibia. It explores what happened when we gathered a group of people together to raise money to give to these children. Jay: What difference did the blankets make for the kids last year? Did
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Together We Got This

Together We Got This

I was in Haiti several years ago to help build an addition onto a school and was blown away by the creativity and ingenuity of the Haitians we worked alongside. We lacked a lot of the modern equipment. We didn’t have cement trucks and heavy machinery. We didn’t have scaffolding and fancy tools. But what
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What 74 Toonies Have Taught Me Thus Far

What 74 Toonies Have Taught Me Thus Far

74 Toonies down. 291 more to go. Since this is almost exactly 1/5th of the way in I thought I’d pause and reflect on some of the deeper (and lighter) things I’ve learned thus far: 35 years old and under is the sweet spot. I had a solid run of yes’s for people under 35
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Toonie Giveaway: Saved At The Gas Pump

Toonie Giveaway: Saved at the Gas Pump

I’m up north in the Muskoka’s spending a lovely week with my parents on the lake. This has always been a place that I look forward to visiting in the summer. Since I was in diapers I’ve come up here for summer holidays and a much needed change of pace and scenery. Naturally, I included
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The Other Side Of Giving

The Other Side of Giving

On our website, the 4th point under ‘What is Givesome’ reads, ‘we believe that when people experience the impact their dollars have on the lives of others they also benefit from the experience – and are more likely to want to give again.’ Rather than try to prove this with fancy arguments and scientific
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